Lisa Velasquez


Why do I enjoy my career in real estate here on the Big Island? Because it's different than any other place. The people drawn to this island are different than people in other markets. We have an immediate connection because of that. I understand why they are here, the lifestyle they are looking for and where they want to go in life.

I was not always a Realtor. Up until 2014 I was a Pediatric Anesthesiologist. Taking care of people in emotional and intense situations was my day to day for over 20 years. The strengths I brought to that job: compassion, focus, attention to detail, translate well to my new occupation. Even though I felt honored to care for my patients, I wanted to enjoy more of life. I left medicine, moved to Hawaii and helped my husband build our home on 10 acres in Hawi.

Buying land, designing a home and acting as your own contractor teaches a lot of valuable lessons about life in general as well as life on the Big Island. I feel I can offer meaningful advice on purchasing, making the big move and even building a home here.

Early in my training I was stationed on Oahu at Tripler and Schofield Barracks. That is when I first promised myself I would return for good some day and build a life here. That time is now and that place is Kohala. My passion is to help other people do the same. Whether they are born and raised here, looking for that place to call their own or newcomers searching for their ideal future, I want to be part of it.

My Blog Posts
buying advice
Buying New Construction from a Developer? Why You Need Your Own Realtor
You may have decided to purchase new construction from a developer. Dazzled by all the new and shiny finishes you …
big island
Living the Hamakua Dream on the Big Island
Sunrise on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, Hawaii The Dream “We just want a little land with enough …
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Time to Build in Kohala Ranch?
View from lot 295. Maybe it’s time to consider building a home in Kohala Ranch on the Big Island of …

What my clients are saying...

We had the pleasure of working with Lisa for just over a year; first as a buyer’s agent and later as our listing agent for our resort condo. We still lived in California when we started this process so we relied on phone calls, texts and lots of emails. She accommodated our crazy work and travel schedules with up to 5-hour time zone differences to maximize our property viewing times even after we moved to the island. She spent many hours helping us research different developments and building requirements, previewed properties in advance and that doesn’t include the hours in the long car rides as we toured properties across 4 districts. She patiently stood by us as we explored acreage, vacant residential lots, new construction and finally resale homes. We are not easy clients and we changed our criteria so many times in that year that we worked together, other agents may have just lost interest. Lisa always adapted and the listing emails and research quickly followed our latest pursuit. Lisa is a great agent and easily managed our overlapping purchase and sale contracts.

— Dawn and George Barker

Working with Lisa was such an easy and smooth process, we were able to find a home that fit our needs and close in it in just a few weeks. Lisa made herself available to us to view listings and to answer any questions via phone, email or in person. She continued to stay in contact with us even after closing to make sure we were happy in our new home. She is professional, friendly and honest. Thanks for the pleasurable experience Lisa!

— Brandon & Sandi Leonard